I thought the best way to wrap up such a long week in Las Vegas would be to quickly add some notes to Ride The Rage. Justin Felisko has done another outstanding job on PBR.com this week and I really do encourage you to head there and have a read of all of his articles.
Here is my quick rundown of the week.
The 2018 PBR Finals Week wrapped up yesterday afternoon with Brazillian Kaique Pacheco crowned as the 2018 PBR World Champion.
Pacheco finished the PBR World Finals 2-for-5 whilst battling high-grade partial tears to both the MCL and PCL in his left knee to win his maiden Gold Buckle by just over 400 points to Jose Vitor Leme.
Jose Vitor Leme was again outstanding in Las Vegas. Entering the week he trailed the No. 1 Pacheco by 1,590 points.
Leme finished off the PBR World Finals with 93.5 points aboard SweetPro’s Bruiser. That ride took his record in PBR events in Las Vegas to 15-for-17. He finished third in the PBR World Finals event aggregate with a 4-for-6, 363-point effort.
Cody Teel finished third in the 2018 PBR World Standings, jumping up two spots on the leaderboard after going 3-for-6 in the PBR World Finals event.
SweetPro’s Bruiser was awarded the 2018 World Champion Bucking Bull of the year for the third year running. I am not sure what else we can say about Bruiser. He is just so strong and consistent. It will be interesting to see where and when (or if) we see him buck next.
Marco Antonio Eguchi took home the cheque as 2018 PBR World Finals event champion. Eguchi battled through a concussion sustained in Round 2 aboard Spotted Demon where he put up a massive 94-points. That ride was the high marked ride of the week.
Eguchi finished the weekend 5-for-6 (441.5 points) after bucking off Legit in the Championship Round.
Legit tied for YETI Bull of the Finals with Hocus Pocus. Both bulls recorded a combined two-score average of 46.25 points
Chase Outlaw continued his amazing return from injury to finished second in the PBR World Finals event with a 5-for-6, 430.75 point performance.
Matt Triplett and Jess Lockwood both finished the weekend 4-for-6 to hold down fourth and fifth in the event aggregate.
Keyshawn Whitehorse took home the Rookie of the Year award.
Lastly, 15,000+ teary-eyed fans inside T-Mobile Arena had a chance to farewell 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi. His charisma off the dirt and performances inside the arena will be missed.
Lachlan Richardson‘s PBR World Final campaign was cut short after he sustained a concussion on Saturday night.
Richardson has just produced an outstanding 88-point ride aboard Night Sweats but an awkward dismount had the Gresford cowboy landing on his back, hitting his head hard on the ground.
He was up and walking around soon after but with a big couple of months planned, Richardson sat out Championship Sunday.
Richardson’s other qualified ride came aboard Black Rose (87.25 points) in Round 1 of the PBR World Finals.
His 175.25 point total was good enough to finished 14th in the event aggregate and pushed the 26-year-old into 24th position on the PBR World Standing’s leaderboard.
Nathan Burtenshaw‘s first PBR World Finals did not go as planned as he was shut out across the weekend.
Burtenshaw looked very good at times against the best bucking bulls in the world and I am sure he will learn a lot from the experience. I am also sure we will see him back inside T-Mobile Arena in November 2019.
The 24-year-old Coonamble talent ended the season in 27th spot on the PBR World Standings.